Moose's speciality is socks although we've been trying their EU arm warmers and it turns out they're good too.
These are synthetic, knitted from a yarn that's 70% ClimaWell, 20% polypropylene, 5% polyamide and 5% elastane. ClimaWell is a polypropylene that contains silver ions to prevent bacteria from reproducing which in turn prevents odours.
I can't say I have a massive problem with arm warmers getting especially smelly during rides and they always come out of the washing machine all fresh and lovely, so I really haven't noticed any difference on this front.
The polypropylene does move sweat away from your skin well and it dries quickly when you're riding along. That's useful although if I start getting very sweaty, I push my arm warmers down or take them off anyway. That's the whole point of arm warmers.
These provide much more warmth than thin Lycra arm warmers and about the same level as a Roubaix pair. Is there any benefit over Roubaix? Hmm, these are stretchier. You can push the ribbed cuffs up to your elbows if you like, and they won't lose their shape when you pull them back down... although if you start to overheat, you'd just take them off, wouldn't you?
I guess that stretchiness makes them slightly easier than normal to get on and off while you're riding, but chances are that you don't struggle with that anyway. So, I'd say these provide a performance that's very similar to that of Roubaix warmers; not better or worse.
I used the size small arm warmers and I don't generally take a size small in anything. They fitted fine, the ribbed section at the top holding them securely in place without feeling tight. The amount of stretch you get here means you'll probably be safe if you err on the side of caution.
Stretchy, quick-drying arm warmers that provide about as much insulation as a Roubaix pair
road.cc test report
Make and model: Moose.eu Arm Warmers
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Moose say, "Slip a pair of these on for the colder periods of the year. These arm warmers are made with ClimaWell, which is additionally reinforced with an added layer of nylon, which firms the knitwear, and gives it a longer life."
That's yer lot, really. They're arm warmers and they warm your arms.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
ClimaWell contains silver ions which inhibit the growth of bacteria. There's good evidence to support that.
ClimaWell (the people who make the yarn, rather than Moose, the people who make the arm warmers) also say, "Silver in the ClimaWell core works against static electricity, helps to cure various sores and scratches on the skin."
So there you go. You can make your own mind up on that one.
Fine. They're knitted tubes with double-layer ribbed bits at either end. There's not a great deal to get right or wrong. There are no seams.
There are no seams to come undone. The fabric is pretty durable compared to, say, wool.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's not a complicated job; these do it well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
They're warm; the seamless construction
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing. If you're put off by the fact that they're white, black and red versions are available too.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.